Admittedly, "Downton Abbey's" Season 6 finale was bittersweet. If one member of the Crawley family had a new beginning, another was forced to face life bereft of love. Fans of Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) were no doubt delighted when she finally married her love interest, Henry Talbot (Matthew Goode), but what happens to her younger sister, Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael)?
If a cast member's words are indeed true, Lady Edith's fate is pretty much sealed. In his recent apperance on "The Morning", actor Hugh Bonneville, who plays the role of Lord Grantham, the patriarch of the Crawley family, hinted at what fans can expect in the show's Christmas Special episode.
The Mirror quoted the actor as saying: "Let's not forget that her nickname is 'poor Edith'. But we'll just have to wait and see."
Bonneville's dark prediction for his on-screen daughter comes after her fiance Bertie Pelham (Harry Hadden-Paton) breaks off the engagement due to a lack of trust between them. In Season 6 Episode 8, the new Marquess finds out Edith's foster daughter Marigold is actually her child with ex-beau Thomas Gregson.
Episode 8 ends with Edith looking lovingly at Sybi, George and Marigold.
However, we wonder if the youngest of the Crawley daughters will, in fact, be alone when the period drama comes to an end. After all, a recent spoiler claimed a wedding prop, left behind on the sets, hints at what happens to Lady Edith.
According to a news report, a pamphlet for a wedding on "Downton Abbey" includes the names of Edith and Herbert, reported Express.
If this is true, Julian Fellowes would have done justice to a character who has always had to struggle to find happiness, and lose it when it before she knows it.
"Downton Abbey" Season 6 Christmas Special airs on Friday, 25 December, on ITV.